AB's Top Classic & Screwball Comedies:

by abcj-2 | created - 22 Nov 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Most of these wonderful gems are from the mid 1930's-1950's. I've included a few from the 60's that I love and an occasional Pre-Code film. Some are musical/comedies but heavy on the comedy. Enjoy, AB:)

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1. The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and politics.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,834

I recorded this off TCM in January 2012 after waiting for years for it to play on TV (I believe it was the TCM premiere, but I might be mistaken). It's still not available on DVD which is a shame. They did replay it on TCM in Summer 2012, so hopefully it will be popular and remain on their regular rotation. Meanwhile, I DVR'd it and am not erasing it. It's definitely in my top 10 movies of all time along with The More the Merrier.

2. The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.9
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During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines

Votes: 4,578

3. The Awful Truth (1937)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy

Votes: 14,602

4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 54,090

5. Life with Father (1947)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy

7.3
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A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 3,707

6. The Thrill of It All (1963)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews

Votes: 3,626

7. Mr. Lucky (1943)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 2,339

8. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 2,947

9. Dear Heart (1964)

Unrated | 114 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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Single and alone, Evie arrives in New York for the annual Postmasters' convention. Staying at her hotel is a womanising salesman newly promoted to his marketing department and trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, Angela Lansbury, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 1,042

10. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny

Votes: 8,591

11. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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76 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 110,171

12. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.5
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A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 5,699

13. That Touch of Mink (1962)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young, Audrey Meadows

Votes: 7,135 | Gross: $14.63M

14. Sunday in New York (1963)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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Eileen is 22 and is smarting from her breakup with Russ. She comes to New York to visit her brother, Adam, who is an airline pilot. Eileen confides to her brother that she thinks she may be... See full summary »

Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Rod Taylor, Jane Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp

Votes: 1,999

15. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.3
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During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 10,194 | Gross: $23.30M

16. Father of the Bride (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor

Votes: 8,468

17. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

8.2
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A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 73,410

18. Little Women (1949)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Despite harsh times, they cling... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor

Votes: 5,143

19. My Favorite Wife (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick

Votes: 7,670

20. Along Came Jones (1945)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

6.6
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A good-natured saddle tramp traveling with his sidekick, is mistaken for a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest, Dan Duryea

Votes: 1,423

21. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 6,606

22. Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.5
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A university professor leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Spring Byington

Votes: 3,316 | Gross: $11.10M

23. The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 11,038

24. When Ladies Meet (1941)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 809

25. The Swan (1956)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

6.5
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Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,838

26. It Started with Eve (1941)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.8
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In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 960

27. Lucky Partners (1940)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Two strangers share a sweepstakes ticket and then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings".

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Spring Byington

Votes: 660

28. Desk Set (1957)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television network's research department.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell

Votes: 6,462

29. That Funny Feeling (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford. Embarrassed about bringing him back to her tiny apartment that she ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Donald O'Connor, Nita Talbot

Votes: 665

30. Together Again (1944)

93 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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A prim and proper widow who has succeeded him as mayor of a provincial Vermont town hires a worldly New York sculptor for her husband's statue.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Charles Coburn, Mona Freeman

Votes: 459

31. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn

Votes: 3,995

32. Father's Little Dividend (1951)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), newly married Kay Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father having to come to grips with the fact that he will soon be a granddad.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor

Votes: 2,789

33. The Talk of the Town (1942)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 5,815

34. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Unrated | 111 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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A widower with ten children falls for a widow with eight, and they must decide about forming a huge, unconventional family.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson, Louise Troy

Votes: 6,462 | Gross: $25.91M

35. Bedtime Story (1941)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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A playwright attempts to stop his wife from retiring so she can star in his next play.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Fredric March, Loretta Young, Robert Benchley, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 407

36. Holiday Affair (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A young widow is romanced by a sales clerk whom she inadvertently got fired.

Director: Don Hartman | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert

Votes: 3,249

37. Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

8.2
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A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 10,598

38. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne

Votes: 17,138

39. Susan Slept Here (1954)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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On Christmas Eve, a struggling Hollywood scriptwriter receives a very unexpected present: juvenile delinquent Susan Landis.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 1,166

40. Remember the Night (1940)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson

Votes: 3,332

41. Pillow Talk (1959)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.5
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A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 12,441 | Gross: $18.75M

42. Just This Once (1952)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy

6.2
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Mark MacLene owes the IRS, the banks and others a lot of money. The problem is that his trust makes $1,000,000 a year, but he spends $150,000 every month. His trustee, Sam, uses the power ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Janet Leigh, Peter Lawford, Lewis Stone, Marilyn Erskine

Votes: 180

43. Holiday for Lovers (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy

5.8
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When the oldest daughter decides to stay in South America while on a school tour, her father decides to take the rest of the family there for vacation to find out why.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Clifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. John, Carol Lynley

Votes: 176

44. Ball of Fire (1941)

Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers

Votes: 8,826

45. Key to the City (1950)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of "Puget City" and is proud of his rough and tumble background. ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Frank Morgan, Marilyn Maxwell

Votes: 519

46. It Should Happen to You (1954)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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When her name is plastered on ten billboards all over New York City, a fame-seeker is bombarded by men from all over.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford, Michael O'Shea

Votes: 2,648 | Gross: $1.40M

47. Sabrina (1954)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 48,849

48. Guys and Dolls (1955)

Approved | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.3
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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 12,926

49. Carefree (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend's girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear

Votes: 2,696

50. Three Blind Mice (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy

6.7
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Three sisters take their small inheritance and move from Kansas to California in search of rich husbands. To start with Pamela poses as a socialite and Moira and Elizabeth pretend to be her... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Loretta Young, Joel McCrea, David Niven, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 185

51. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 137,546

52. McLintock! (1963)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.3
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Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers

Votes: 10,218

53. Princess O'Rourke (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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A pilot falls in love with a woman he believes is heading cross country to become a maid, little suspecting that she's actually a princess.

Director: Norman Krasna | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Jack Carson

Votes: 845

54. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Approved | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

Votes: 16,474 | Gross: $7.57M

55. Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 5,851

56. Advance to the Rear (1964)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, War, Western

5.9
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A Union army outfit of misfits and rejects is sent to the Western territory. Southern spies try to figure out what they're up to.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, Melvyn Douglas, Jim Backus

Votes: 510

57. The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Scott Brady, Zero Mostel

Votes: 433

58. The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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A teenage American girl while visiting her father, is thrown into London society during the "Debutante Season".

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, John Saxon, Sandra Dee

Votes: 1,040

59. Kathleen (1941)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

6.3
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Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Shirley Temple, Herbert Marshall, Laraine Day, Gail Patrick

Votes: 301

60. Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Richard Carlson

Votes: 745

61. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 22,106

62. A Date with Judy (1948)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.6
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Developed from a radio program which began in 1941, hyperactive teenager Judy challenges and is challenged by her overly proper parents, pest of a brother Randolph and boyfriend Oogie.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda

Votes: 874

63. Boys' Night Out (1962)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy

6.7
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Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall, Howard Duff

Votes: 1,484

64. The Mating of Millie (1948)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

7.2
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Man tries to help a woman trap a husband so she can adopt a child, but he falls for her himself.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes, Ron Randell, Willard Parker

Votes: 386

65. Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,161

66. The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 999

67. Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

Approved | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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The author of a best-selling fishing guide is actually incredibly inexperienced when it comes to the sport, which causes mayhem when he is entered into a competition.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver

Votes: 3,856

68. Come Live with Me (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Seeking US citizenship, a Viennese refugee arranges a marriage of convenience with a struggling writer.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale

Votes: 1,361

69. The Mating Game (1959)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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An uptight IRS agent is ordered to investigate a rural family in debt to the government...but the family - including lovely daughter Mariette - help him loosen up.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,084

70. Breakfast for Two (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a bankrupt playboy.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Glenda Farrell, Eric Blore

Votes: 668

71. Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Passed | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.7
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The misadventures of a group of diverse guests at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson

Votes: 807

72. A Woman of Distinction (1950)

85 min | Comedy

6.8
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Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Ray Milland, Edmund Gwenn, Janis Carter

Votes: 279

73. You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.3
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The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order, oldest first. When sister #1 gets married, sisters #3 and #4 put pressure on Maria, ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 2,573

74. Father Goose (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.4
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During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good

Votes: 8,052 | Gross: $12.50M

75. Bus Stop (1956)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field

Votes: 9,023

76. The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 2,940

77. Room for One More (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

7.2
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A fairly well-to-do family takes in two troubled orphans.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart

Votes: 1,578

78. Margie (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

7.4
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A woman reminisces about her teenage years in the 1920s, when she fell in love with her teacher.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Glenn Langan, Lynn Bari, Alan Young

Votes: 632

79. Hatari! (1962)

Approved | 157 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons

Votes: 9,923 | Gross: $14.00M

80. Come Fly with Me (1963)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Three stewardesses combine their work crossing the Atlantic with searching for rich, handsome men to marry.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dolores Hart, Hugh O'Brian, Karlheinz Böhm, Pamela Tiffin

Votes: 517

81. Latin Lovers (1953)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

5.4
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Nora Taylor has $37,000,00 but thinks every man she meets prefers her bankbook figure to her own, and that include her current fiancé, Paul Chevron, who has $48,000,000 of his own. Paul ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Lana Turner, Ricardo Montalban, John Lund, Louis Calhern

Votes: 308

82. My Man Godfrey (1957)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy

6.3
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The eccentric Bullock household again need a new butler. Daughter Irene encounters bedraggled Godfrey Godfrey at the docks and, fancying him and noticing his obviously good manners, gets ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: June Allyson, David Niven, Jessie Royce Landis, Robert Keith

Votes: 651

83. Lover Come Back (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams

Votes: 5,432 | Gross: $16.94M

84. A Millionaire for Christy (1951)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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This hilarious comedy gave MacMurray a chance to show his comedic chops as Peter, a radio personality who is told he's just inherited two million dollars by a gold-digging secretary.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson, Una Merkel

Votes: 354

85. Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

6.3
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A willful woman concocts an elaborate scheme to trap a handsome pediatrician into marriage.

Director: Don Hartman | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Franchot Tone, Diana Lynn

Votes: 1,789

86. Pillow to Post (1945)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy

6.7
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With a war on and most men being drafted, Howard Oil Supply Company has no salesmen left. So daughter Jean hits the road and does not make one sale. She finally gets one tentative sale with... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Ida Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet, William Prince, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 318

87. Let's Make Love (1960)

Passed | 119 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
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When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan

Votes: 5,404 | Gross: $6.54M

88. The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

Approved | 165 min | Comedy, Western

6.7
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On its way to Denver, a cargo of whiskey destined for the miners, is sought after by the Temperance League, the U.S. Cavalry, the local Indians and the miners themselves.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Jim Hutton, Pamela Tiffin

Votes: 2,842 | Gross: $4.00M

89. The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.9
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When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer

Votes: 1,551

90. The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, History, Romance

7.3
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The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors: Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott

Votes: 1,681

91. Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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1936. Julia Packett, a London chorus girl, is always in trouble financially, but she always seems to manage to land on her feet by using her feminine wiles to manipulate the men in her life... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor

Votes: 679

92. Adam and Evalyn (1949)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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When a friend dies, a gambler adopts his daughter. Complications ensue.

Director: Harold French | Stars: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Edwin Styles, Raymond Young

Votes: 369

93. Pretty Baby (1950)

92 min | Comedy

6.6
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A young working girl, trying to find a way to get a seat on the subway, takes along a baby doll to insure a way. She ends up getting stuck in a thick plot to sell an ad to a rich client who... See full summary »

Director: Bretaigne Windust | Stars: Dennis Morgan, Betsy Drake, Zachary Scott, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 243

94. Designing Woman (1957)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Sam Levene

Votes: 3,338

95. Dreamboat (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

6.8
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Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Director: Claude Binyon | Stars: Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 538

96. Romance on the High Seas (1948)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day, Don DeFore

Votes: 1,383

97. The Tender Trap (1955)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, Celeste Holm

Votes: 1,934

98. Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

Votes: 2,833

99. Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy

6.9
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A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications ensue when she meets a potential suitor.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Walburn, Lee Bowman

Votes: 601

100. The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick

Votes: 592